Preparing for Death

The Rev’d N.J.A. Humphrey “Preparing for Death” Year B, 1 Advent (RCL) The Zabriskie Memorial Church 3 December 2017 Mark 13:24-37 “[K]eep awake–for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn…” It’s Advent...
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Justice & Gun Violence

The Rev’d N.J.A. Humphrey “Justice & Gun Violence” Year A, Proper 27, 23 Pentecost Zabriskie Memorial Church 12 November 2017 Amos 5:24 “Let justice roll down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.” Although I was named after that great prophet, Nathan, I have...
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On the Saints

The Rev’d. N.J.A. Humphrey St. John’s & St. George’s Chapel All Saints Day, Year A 1 & 2 November 2017 Catechetical Homily Unlike my wife, I did not grow up in the Episcopal Church, so I came in contact with many of its traditions as a young adult. One of these traditions...
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Render Unto God

The Rev’d N.J.A. Humphrey Zabriskie Memorial Church Year A, Proper 24, 20 Pentecost Matthew 22:15-22 22 October 2017 Imagine the tension around Jesus in the Temple when the crowd heard the Pharisees’ disciples ask him, “Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” Part of what...
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Ready? Set. Go!

The Rev’d N.J.A. Humphrey The Feast of St. Peter & St. Paul Solemn High Mass with Father-Daughter Baptisms John 21:15-19; 2 Timothy 4:1-8 Those of you who are familiar with the liturgical calendar may recall that January 18th is the feast of the Confession of St. Peter. A...
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Baptized into the Body of Christ

The Revd. N.J.A. Humphrey Year C, Corpus Christi with Baptism 1 Cor. 10:1-4, 16-17; John 6:47-58   Today we celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi, but in a unique way, for on this day we are also celebrating the baptism of Alyiah Marie Jackson. Baptisms are traditionally...
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The Jailed Who Freed Their Jailer

The Revd. N.J.A. Humphrey 7 Easter Acts 16:16-34   When I was about ten years old, my father, brother, and I took a tour of Alcatraz, that famous prison on an island in the middle of the San Francisco Bay. We were shown cells with breathtaking views of the ocean and the city...
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Scripture & Discernment : Acts 11:1-18 (5 Easter, Year C)

The Rev’d N.J.A. Humphrey A decade ago, I thought that my future might be in academia, and so I arranged to take a study leave at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom at the start of its Easter Term. One of the books I read closely and ended up citing in the major paper I...
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The Living Church Magazine Features the Choir School of Newport County!

Check out this article, just published by The Living Church Magazine about the Choir School. We are so grateful for their presence and ministry among us!
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Two Charcoal Fires: 3 Easter, Year C (RCL)

The Rev’d N.J.A. Humphrey 10 April 2016 John 21:1-19   First, a lesson in Greek grammar. I try to avoid showing off my linguistic skills, but John is such a lover of words that sometimes it’s necessary for me to strut my stuff from the pulpit. So bear with me. Many of you...
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